Take a Little Journey…

Potential topic: “The Consequentiality of Emotions in IPC”

I first started thinking of this as a potential topic beginning with my reading an interesting passage by Stephanie Kent on anticipation as a factor in the outcome of IPC.  Steph writes in the last part of the second paragraph of the entry :

“In terms of communication – particularly in terms of the relationships that communication makes possible – anticipation can be divided into two broad categories, which (for simplicity’s sake) I will call “negative” and “positive.” In other words, I can anticipate the worst and craft my communication to either defend against ‘the bad’ or offensively assert ‘the good’ (roughly, what I desire); or I can anticipate the best and design my discourse to minimize ‘the bad’ and emphasize ‘the good.’ (Of course I am proposing these categories as extremes as ends of a continuum along which each of us fluctuate depending on a wide variety of factors – mood, energy, investment, personal history, amount of knowledge/experience, cultural background, etcetera – and all of these in relationship with the circumstances of the immediate situation itself.)”

(URL:  http://aplaceinspace.wordpress.com/2008/04/05/audience-to-imagine-or-ignore/)

I found this idea interesting.  Our “attitude” and exact emotional outlook can have a huge effect. This passage and the idea of anticipation and the process of how our “exhalations” are distorted from what we “want” or how we feel about an impending interaction emotionally might be interesting to explore more…

In terms of our emotions and how others perceive us I was then drawn to a particular passage where getoutakingshous said:

“Sure, you can say what you feel and what you want to achieve, but that is not the same as communicating it. Communicating something makes it possible for your audience to feel the same feelings you feel about what you are trying to communicate. And in order to do this, it takes a lot of practice and dedication.”

(URL:  http://www.reflexivity.us/blog/archives/2008/03/a-conversaton-w.html#comment-242316)

This idea relates to what Steph says above, there is a consequentiality (I think) to how our emotions filter our “exhalations” and being aware of the emotional consequentiality of what we say.  The interplay with our emotions and how they effect our perceptions of others and at the same time how we think others are perceiving us is intriguing.  Being aware of the consequentiality (or our impression thereof) can also mold how we approach the situation.

This led me to another interesting tangent I found in AP1115’s comment, which I think could illustrate the consequentiality of emotional trials on group dynamics…

Ap1115 says “I think that the more a group undergoes together the more of a cohesive unit it becomes. By employing this methodology on our group it gives the group a way to bond together to deal with a certain goal, and problem (confusion, ambiguity, etc) together.”

(URL:  http://aplaceinspace.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/reversing-the-relative-neglect-of-group-member-training/#comment-1077)

Similarly, ontherecliner says

“Like others have mentioned I do think we have become more comfortable with eachother, and the group seems to be working better overall. I also feel there is still confusion every class, but I dont feel that is a bad thing because I think it means we are doing new things and moving on.”

(URL:  http://aplaceinspace.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/reminder-after-dachau/#comment-1017)

Perhaps if we look at consequentiality as having two facets in terms of communication, providing a consequence good or bad to avoid where we must consciously keep in mind a complex interplay of emotional responses; or as being purely a fact or the general nature of the interaction itself.  Do our emotions themselves have consequentiality? Yes, but to what extent?  Is it more about the group mentality (or are the parts implied here…)?  Maybe we could also look at the consequentiality of group interaction on individuals’ emotions and “exhalations” as well.

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2 Responses to “Take a Little Journey…”

  1. conversing toward team projects « A Place in Space Says:

    […] the Group Dynamics course, several of you generated some excellent models. Ninjacook invites us to take a little journey down the path of anticipation. She takes us through a series of entries, starting with what I wrote […]

  2. VASTINE Alexis Says:

    Thanks for sharing that!

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